Gov. Scott says he won't sign budget without tax cuts included

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Gov. Rick Scott said in his weekly radio-video address that any budget he signs into law will include tax cuts, and warned, ? will not compromise on these principles,?reports the News Service of Florida. So far, budgets passed by the House and Senate don? have room for tax cuts, but as negotiations between the two chambers begin after the Easter break, it? possible lawmakers could figure out a way to include them. Neither House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, nor Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island has ruled them out, though both have expressed skepticism. The budget has to be cut by around $4 billion from this year? spending plan because of falling tax revenue. In his address, Scott said that for him to sign the budget will: reduce the size of government, reduce the cost of government and ?ass those savings on to taxpayers in the form of tax cuts.?Scott has line item veto power ?and could also veto the entire budget. ?usiness and property tax cuts are critical to making Florida number one in job creation,?Scott said in the weekly address. The Legislature is scheduled to end its session May 6.

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